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Pursing the arts: Dancer works towards professional career

Gia Berklund

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Professional dance dominates Jayci Hobson’s career goals. Currently taking classes with Western Arkansas Ballet and continuing her training independently with private coaches, Hobson spends her spare time at conventions and competitions to help her make her dream a reality.
Hobson began dancing at four-years-old, studying ballet and tap.
“I started at Grace Dewitt Dance Studio…which was where I discovered my love for dance,” Hobson said.
As her talent progressed, Hobson found that the performance became her favorite part of dance.
“I’ve always enjoyed performing; it just comes naturally for me. Being on stage is exhilarating,” Hobson said.
In July 2016, Hobson competed at the Pulse On Tour Finals in New York City, a competition that gives their participants the opportunity to perform in front of choreographers in a professional atmosphere instead of awarding trophies.
“It opened so many new doors for me. I met great people and met other dancers, and I learned that there’s a unique sense of family there unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been,” Hobson said.
Hobson not only learns from independent trainers but well-known choreographers, who have each contributed to her skill set.
“I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from so many amazing choreographers like Stacey Tookey, who recently understand the importance of finding my individuality as a dancer,” Hobson said.
Hobson plans on attending college while increasing her training and improving her skills further. Currently, Oklahoma City University sits as her first choice.
“I think it’s important to have a back-up-plan which is why I want to go to college while I continue to train,” Hobson said.
Despite Hobson’s dedication and clear plans to success, unexpected difficulties and sacrifices make themselves clear on her journey.
“Dancers are constantly having to take risks with their bodies. This year alone I’ve suffered from overuse injuries in my feet, hips, and back. Having to take time off and let your body heal is a sacrifice for any athlete,” Hobson said.
With the obstacles that accompany dancing, Hobson says that her family supports her goals the most.
“My mom is my number one motivator because she coaches me honestly and has taken me to all of my competitions,” Hobson said.

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